The Daily Evergreen

Vaccine access limited in rural communities

LUKE HOLLISTER, Evergreen contributor

February 27, 2018

Getting a vaccination in rural areas can be challenging given the remote location and financial toll of traveling. Troy Henderson, Whitman County director of public health, said accessing vaccines is far easier in the city. “If you live in an urban setting, there’s 50 different stores [where...

County coroner confirms psychologist’s death a suicide

IAN SMAY, Evergreen reporter

February 23, 2018

The Whitman County coroner confirmed Thursday morning that a Pullman psychologist who surrendered himself to police and was booked on a charge of raping one of his patients died of suicide by hanging. Dean Funabiki, 67, turned himself in to police at the request of investigators and accompanied by...

Community driven officer promoted

Community driven officer promoted

ZARA CRUDEN, Evergreen reporter

February 21, 2018

Sgt. Greg Umbright has come to many people’s aid over the 27 years he has served as an officer for the Pullman Police Department. During that time he has accrued some unusual stories from working with the community. He recounted one instance last fall when a woman said her skateboard was stolen,...

Officials confirm electrical fire on Military Hill

Officials confirm electrical fire on Military Hill

ZARA CRUDEN, Evergreen reporter

February 14, 2018

A faulty marriage between plug and outlet caused the electrical fire that burned an apartment near NW Stadium Way on Friday, officials say. The outlet was behind a couch with blankets hanging over the back of it, Pullman Fire Marshal Chris Wehrung said. Electricity can arc from outlets when plugs...

Resident recovers from Stadium Way fire

Resident recovers from Stadium Way fire

REBECCA WHITE, Evergreen assistant news editor

February 11, 2018

During half time of a University of Idaho men’s basketball game, Pullman resident Nick Kromm, 36, received an urgent text from his sister. She worked in a business on NW Stadium Way and had noticed smoke and sirens in the area above Dissmore’s IGA, Kromm’s neighborhood. He immediately headed...

Officials advise how to report cougar sighting

DEENA MIGLIAZZO, Evergreen reporter

January 31, 2018

Amid the recent cougar sightings around Military Hill, officials are reminding community members to keep small animals and children inside late at night. Cougars are common around the Palouse, but there has not been a reported sighting in Pullman since 2007, Pullman Police Cmdr. Chris Tennant said. He...

Deteriorating tunnel closes street on campus

SANG JUNG, Evergreen reporter

January 30, 2018

Traffic is shut down on Veteran’s Way at College Avenue after a deteriorating tunnel caused unsafe street conditions. “The tunnel is very intricate with lots of utilities that supply electricity and steam,” said Phil Johnson, project manager at WSU, “and the cars could possibly damage some...

Coroner confirms cause of death, ASWSU plans vigil

Coroner confirms cause of death, ASWSU plans vigil

FORREST HOLT, Evergreen news editor

January 18, 2018

The Whitman County Coroner confirmed Thursday morning that redshirt sophomore quarterback Tyler Hilinski's death was a suicide. A self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head caused his death, according to a news release from the coroner. Pullman Police responded to a call at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to check...

Tennant changes plea to guilty for manslaughter

IAN SMAY, Evergreen reporter

January 18, 2018

Keagan Tennant pleaded guilty on four of his charges in the shooting death of 18-year-old Timothy Reeves last summer. Tennant, 17, changed his plea in front of a Latah County district court judge Tuesday afternoon. He pleaded guilty for the charges of involuntary manslaughter, principal to destruct...

Fire at Steptoe Village Apartments displaces students

IAN SMAY, Evergreen reporter

January 17, 2018

Pullman Fire Department responded to a fire at the Steptoe Village Apartments Saturday afternoon. Firefighters responded after a resident reported a fire coming from a nearby unit. The neighbor then forced their way into the apartment and extinguished the fire, Pullman Fire Chief Mike Heston said....

Suicides in Whitman follow national increase

JESSICA ZHOU, Evergreen reporter

January 12, 2018

Washington’s rural counties have followed a nationwide trend of having higher suicide rates than densely populated areas, and that gap is growing. Low availability and lack of access to transportation makes it hard for people living in rural areas to get the help they need, mental healthcare professionals...

No collisions on Highway 26 this year

IAN SMAY, Evergreen reporter

January 9, 2018

Following fatal accidents in previous years, Washington State Patrol officials said there were no accidents on Highway 26 as students returned to WSU after winter break this time around. Multiple WSU students died or sustained injuries in accidents during travel to and from Pullman during winter and...

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